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Boys & Girls Aid’s Cheri Partain answers adoption question in her new kids book

Cheri Partain Boys & Girls Aid Punybutmighty

Cheri Partain, Child & Family Services Clinician at Boys & Girls Aid, is making her authorial debut. Cheri wrote the children’s book “Detective Punybutmighty and the Case of the Drool Monster.” With illustrations by Melissa Saylor, the story explains the complexities of adoption through the perspective of Detective Punybutmighty. His curiosity has him on the case to solve how his infant cousin became a member of his family.

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Tessa’s pregnancy option story

Tessa had recently been released from jail when she found out she was pregnant. She was 30-years-old and addicted to heroin. She was in a relationship with the father, but he cut off communication when he found out Tessa was pregnant. She had been living with him and suddenly found herself homeless. Tessa felt scared and knew she couldn’t parent a child. She was already the mother to a 12-year-old son living on the East Coast.

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Connecting the lives of closed adoptions

Lynne Schroeder is familiar with the individual stories affected by adoption. For the past 24 years, Lynne has worked as the post adoption clinician at Boys & Girls Aid where she has helped reunite and provide information to the children and birth parents who grew up with closed adoptions.

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Sydney’s pregnancy option story

Sydney was 22 years old when she found out she was pregnant. She had just graduated from the University of Portland and having a baby wasn’t part of the plan. With an uninvolved birth father, Sydney felt that parenting was not the best choice for her. Being pro-choice, she also considered abortion, but decided that was not the best choice for her at this time either.

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OPTIONS COUNSELING FAQ WITH CLINICIAN STACEY DARDEN

What happens when a woman contacts Boys & Girls Aid with an unintended pregnancy?

When a woman contacts Boys & Girls Aid, either by calling, email or text, she is routed to an options counselor that can speak to her about her options, educate her and provide non-biased counseling. The options counselor’s job is to educate, not advocate for any one option. Options counseling can happen over the phone or in person, wherever the person is most comfortable, whether that be the Boys & Girls Aid office, at a client’s home or a location of the client’s choosing. Options counseling can happen one time or a client may meet with an options counselor on an ongoing basis as she weighs her options. A woman may invite any support people she likes to participate in the sessions. Once a woman decides what she wants to do her options counselor can give her referrals for parenting or abortion services or help her take the next steps in the adoption process if that is the route she has chosen. Throughout the process she is provided a person that will listen to her, support her and advocate for her no matter what she decides.

Why do you think options counseling helps women and couples with unintended pregnancies?

Options counseling is important because in order to make the best decision for themselves it is important to truly understand all your options. Being educated and informed helps individuals and couples truly weigh their decisions and find the solution that is right for them.

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